We had the good fortune of connecting with Brianna & Brittney J and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brianna & Brittney, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I think the most important lesson we’ve learned since starting our business is to accept failures.. And to never be a afraid to fail. Nobody gets it right the first time and thats ok. Failures are life’s greatest learning sessions. Learning from our short comings has taught us to think quickly and to have a plan for a plan. We’ve made many mistakes in our career, but we’ve learned from them and kept pushing forward..
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Well, my 11-year-old sister came to me in 2017 and said: “Mom said I’m too expensive and I need to get a job”. I asked her what do you wanna do to make money? She came back to me a day later and said: ” I want to be an entrepreneur .. I want to open a clothing store for young girls and tweens”. At the time when she brought up this lovely idea.I was working a cushy job with a really nice salary and a corner office. I’ve always realized that the 9-5 life wasn’t for me so I quit my job and we started working on Brianna’s Closet. It was long hrs of hard work and frustration.. Days of 3 hrs of sleep. Creating a business plan, applying for permits, looking for graphic designers, forming an llc, looking for vendors, putting together a marketing plan and building a website. It was like I was in college all over again. I remember when we where trying to find influencers to model our clothes.. We were getting turned down left and right.. We had hundreds of rejection emails & Dm’s. It was very depressing and emotionally taxing. But we kept at it until we nabbed one of most famous celebrities kid on the planet and the company really took off. If we learned anything from starting a is to have never give up. Have patience and be consistent. It will pay off in the long run and it’s the greatest feeling ever. We want people to know it is possible to start a business from the ground up. You can be successful without a lot of money upfront. We are two sisters from the hood whose making it happen on our own.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hmmm, If I was hosting a trip, it’ll definitely be action packed. I’m taking you to the beach, we are going parasailing and surfing. It’s LA and we like to stay fit ,so we’ll be hiking in the Malibu Canyons ,taking selfies and probably tik toking. My Friends and I are vegetarians so we gotta hit up Vegan Exchange in Noho, they have the best food vendors ever. Oh , we absolutely have to stop by Salt & Tart because they have the best ice cream hands down. I’m 11 and we love amusement parks so i’m pretty sure , you’ll catch us a six flags or some place. My girls love animals, so i’m most likely taking them to safari west in Santa Rosa. My crew loves too skate so I have to take them to world on wheels . Depending on how my parents are cooperating, we might be able to sneak a Yosemite trip in.. I love people watching and San Francisco is a great place to do it.. They also have amazing food and photo ops.. Cali is beautiful with so many fun places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Every business owner needs a good support system. We’d like to thank our mom for showing us the way. She’s instilled in us that entrepreneurial mindset .. She taught us to put god first and to never settle. Never be ordinary and to be our own boss. She gives us that extra push we need when the going gets tough and we are fortunate to have her in our life. We’d also like to thank our Pastor J Edgar Boyd from First AME Church Los Angeles. He’s prayed for us, over us and more. Without Mr Boyd and our congregation. We wouldn’t be as mentally / spiritually intact as we are today.